Bannu Medical College yet to be granted recognition
Islamabad, Oct 06: As the World Teachers Day was observed across the globe Tuesday, over 600 students of Bannu Medical College (BMC) still faced uncertainty about their future, as BMC was yet to be recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) even after four years.
They have now pinned hopes on the judiciary to take suo moto notice of the matter, which involves future of hundreds of young souls. They requested the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to intervene.
"Ostensibly, the present sorry state of affairs is because of political differences between JUI-F and ANP. But why should we suffer because of our elders' problems," remarked one of the students.
While talking to this correspondent a group of visibly concerned students lamented that they have been running from pillar to post to seek justice, as there would be a question mark on their future in case their alma mater was not accorded recognition.
These students availed every possible option to secure their future: among others, they met Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, who is the youngest ever head of a provincial government, on June 01 this year, who promised to take some 'bold measures' to address their concern that he had termed genuine. But unfortunately, the situation remains totally unchanged.
Four years down the road, the college is yet to have a proper building, as classes are being held at Government High School No 3, Bannu. They noted the federal government had approved Rs240 million for the college this year. However, all projects have been frozen after the recent deluge.
Similarly, the books made available at the library are of poor quality and majority of these is also irrelevant. Despite passage of six years, the Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Staff was still incomplete, although work on it was started in 2004.
These students during a recent protest demonstration outside parliament here met some parliamentarians who also appeared helpless to bail them out. "Well, you are free to come on roads, already half of Pakistan is out against PPP government," was the comment reportedly made by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Zahir Ali Shah, whom some BMC students had met a few weeks back and apprised him of their plan of peaceful agitation.
This correspondent tried to get version of the minister as to why he could not get the college recognized and why he could not provide basic facilities, but all his three cell numbers were found switched off.Your Comments
IIUI female students lodge protest against utility charges
Islamabad: Some 1,400 female students of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) have lodged their protest against what they said unjustifiable utility charges by locking gates and denying entry to any of the university official in their hostels.
The protesting students raised slogans against the university administration that according to them has adopted an unreasonable policy to generate money out of their limited financial resources.
The situation got worse when some of the university officials forcefully tried to enter hostels that enraged the protesting students who snatched keys of the motor vehicles and forced them out of the gates.
Some of the students alleged that one of the officials intended to hit them by his vehicle due to which they not only snatched key but also got him out of the gate of the hostel. But the university officials dismissed the claim and said no such thing happened and it was part of their (students) efforts to worsen the situation.
According to students living in three girls hostels, the university administration has started charging extra dues even for using iron and fridge and now every student has to pay Rs10,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month that is absolutely unaffordable for them.
They have demanded of the university administration to suspend the hostels warden and appoint such person on this post that may help lessen financial burden otherwise it would be difficult for them to continue their studies. "We are here to complete our studies but the university administration has increased utility charges to such an extent where we find it hard to do so," said Amber Rasheed, a student of the university.
One of the senior officials of the university told this scribe on condition of anonymity that the students have their grievances that should be considered at the highest level. He even mentioned some of the steps that caused increase in financial burden of the students. "I hope the university administration would take up this matter seriously today (Tuesday) and would provide much needed relief to the female students," he said.
IIUI Vice President (Administration, Finance) Dr. Parveen Qadir Agha told this scribe that the students themselves agree to all rules and procedures given in the form when they get admission in the hostel. "Now they are protesting against those things on which they themselves agreed while getting hostel rooms," she said. She said it is clearly written in the admission form that the students would pay extra charges if they use electric appliances such as iron, fridge and microwave oven but despite that they would deliberate upon the matter today (Tuesday) in a meeting.
"We would forward demands of the students to board of governors who enjoy the authority to change or amend rules and procedures. We would try to have some changes in favour of the students but till then they should show restraint and follow discipline," she said. The news
Varsity admin accused of delaying probe against lecturer
Haripur: The administration of Hazara University was applying delaying tactics in deciding the case of a teacher, who was accused of harassing some girl students of Haripur campus, sources said.
They added that the lecturer, who claimed to have links in the provincial government, was pressurising members of the inquiry committee that was constituted to probe the complaints lodged against him by girl students of his department.
However, Dr Mukhtar, the head of the committee rejected the notions and claimed that inquiry was about to be completed within next few days.
Official sources privy to the inquiry that was underway against Adil Paracha, a lecturer in the management sciences department of Haripur campus of Hazara University, said that about eight girl students from second and third semester approached the campus management in the second weak of last month and complained against the behaviour of Mr Paracha.
One of the complainants in her written statement said that the lecturer insulted her in front of other students and threw water on her face while other girls also accused him of subjecting them to harassment on one or other pretext. Dawn
Compulsory language teaching okayed Decision to be binding on
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet Tuesday approved the suggestions by its committee about inclusion of Pashto, Hindko, Seraiki, Khowar and Kohistani as compulsory subjects in various districts of the province.
The cabinet decided that both public and private schools would be bound to teach these languages, said Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain while briefing the media after the cabinet meeting.
The cabinet committee, which was headed by Mian Iftikhar Hussian, proposed teaching of Pashto as a compulsory subject from Class I to XII in 17 districts of the province.
The suggested districts for compulsory Pashto teaching are Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera, Swabi, Swat, Buner, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla, Malakand, Kohat, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Bannu, Tank and Battagram.
However, mother language criteria would be observed in seven districts - Peshawar, Haripur, Abbottabad, Man-sehra, Dera Ismail Khan, Chitral and Kohistan where teaching of Hindko, Seraiki, Khowar and Kohistani will be ensured and Pashto would be an optional subject.
Pashto is the most widely spoken language in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Second major language of the province is Hindko, which is the main language in Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.
It is the second language in Peshawar where it is spoken in urban areas and several villages situated along the Grand Trunk Road and in parts of Nowshera and Kohat districts.Seraiki is the chief language in Dera Ismail Khan and is also spoken in Tank city. Kohistani is the first language in Kohistan while Khowar is overwhelmingly spoken in Chitral. The news